UAE renews travel advisory to Lebanon, Syria

The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday renewed calls for its citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon and Syria as Damascus battles a raging rebellion against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. The UAE “once again calls on its citizens not to travel to Lebanon and Syria at this time, except under conditions of extreme urgency,” […]

Suleiman had friendly talks in Kuwait, report

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman returned Sunday evening from Kuwait where he held talks with Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah over “strengthening the brotherly and special bilateral ties” between the two countries and discussed “the latest developments in the region and the world,” Kuwait’s news agency KUNA reported.

Gunmen kidnap 2 U.S. tourists in Egypt’s Sinai region

Gunmen kidnapped two American tourists Thursday in Egypt’s Sinai region and demanded the release of a man arrested a day earlier for drug possession, authorities said. The tourists, both 31, were in a car headed to a hotel from the town of Dahab when they were stopped, state-run Ahram newspaper said.

Kuwait joins 3 Gulf states in issuing Lebanon travel warning

The Gulf state of Kuwait on Monday urged its citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon and also asked those already present there to leave after deadly clashes linked to the Syrian conflict left two people killed in Beirut. The foreign ministry called on Kuwaitis to cancel travel plans to Lebanon

Lebanon’s Salameh : We are not worried about a bubble

Lebanese Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh discusses the exposure of the country’s banks to government debt as well as the latest efforts to insulate the lenders from a crisis in neighboring Syria. He spoke in an interview today at his office in Beirut. On economic growth: “The indicators are showing that the real growth could […]

Tourism Minister: Lebanon is among the safest Mid-East countries

Lebanese Tourism Minister Fady Abboud participated in the international tourism exhibition of Berlin (ITB) to spread the message that Lebanon is not at war. “We want to spread the message that Lebanon today is probably one of the safest country for tourists in the Middle East and we have a unique mix of tourism offerings […]

Saudi owns 40% of total Arab investments in Lebanon

The volume of Saudi investments in Lebanon amounted to $6 billion (SR22.50 billion), which accounts for nearly 40 percent of total Arab investments in that country, Saudi Ambassador to Beirut Ali Asiri said. He said some 111,701 Saudi tourists visited Lebanon in 2011, who accounted for 19 percent and 6.7 percent of Arab and overall […]

Seven natural wonders of the world to be unveiled at 19:07 GMT, update

Polls for the world’s new seven wonders of nature closed at 11:11 GMT, with preliminary results to be announced at 19:07 GMT. Swiss foundation New 7 Wonders of Nature organized a world-wide poll in which anyone in the world could vote via telephone, text messages or Internet social networks for their favorite sites